Emily Barclay

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Emily Barclay
Emily Barclay.jpg
Barclay in 2012
Born (1984-10-24) 24 October 1984 (age 31)
Plymouth, UK
Occupation Actress
Years active 1998–present

Emily Barclay (born 24 October 1984 in Plymouth, UK) is an English-born, New Zealand AFI award winning actress.


Emily Barclay was born in Plymouth to a General practitioner and a landscape designer, and raised in Auckland, New Zealand, where she went to an all-girls school and attended Saturday morning drama classes. At the age of nine, Barclay played Hamlet in a school production and decided to become an actress.[1] At the age of 13, she got herself an agent, and supported herself between TV movies by working in a video store.[2]

Diana Rowan (the same casting agent who discovered Anna Paquin, Keisha Castle-Hughes, and Jonathan Taylor Thomas) discovered Barclay in a school play and cast her as Celia in 2004's In My Father's Den, that rose the actress to prominence.[3] For that film, Barclay won Most Promising Newcomer at the 2005 British Independent Film Awards. She followed by moving to Australia – while continuing part-time with her degree in English and gender studies at the University of Auckland – for a role in the critically acclaimed 2006 black comedy Suburban Mayhem directed by Paul Goldman, for which she collected an AFI Award for Best Actress.

Barclay's performance also lead to an invitation to her first stage performance, on Neil Armfield's 2009 production of Gethsemane in Sydney. Armfield later indicated Barclay to Lee Lewis, who cast her in the play That Face.[1] In 2011, she performed in another Belvoir production, The Seagull, and acted opposite Geoffrey Rush in the Melbourne Theatre Company's The Importance of Being Earnest. In 2012, Barclay performed opposite Hollywood actors Michael Cera and Kieran Culkin in This Is Our Youth, returned to Belvoir with Strange Interlude and debuted at London's Young Vic performing on Three Sisters.[4][5]

Barclay is currently represented by United Agents.[6]

Barclay also starred in the music video "Big Jet Plane" by "Angus & Julia Stone which was directed by Kiku Ohe in 2010.[7]

She has cited her favourite actor as being Ewen Leslie.

Animal rights[edit]

The actress has had an active involvement in animal rights, working with the organisation Save Animals From Exploitation in anti-cruelty campaigns, including having posters put in her room in In My Fathers Den; she is a vegan.[8][9]

In 2006, Barclay became an ambassador for Australian animal rights group Voiceless, the animal protection institute. "I'm not against people who eat meat but I'd like them to know what happens in factory farms where highly intelligent animals live horrific lives."[10]

Selected filmography[edit]


Year Title Role Notes and awards
1998 Shortland Street Kelly McKinley
1999 A Twist in the Tale Alison Bradley
2001 Mercy Peak Hayley Borden
2003 Spin Doctors Tiffany
2005 Kidnapped Maddy
2006 The Silence Evelyn Hutchison Nominated – 2007 Logie Award: Graham Kennedy Award for Most Outstanding New Talent
Nominated – Australian Film Institute Award for Best Guest or Supporting Actress in a Television Drama
2010 Lowdown Abi Hart
2015 Glitch Sarah Hayes Nominated – 2016 Logie Award for Most Outstanding Supporting Actress
2015 Please Like Me (series 3) Ella


Year Title Role Notes and awards
2001 No One Can Hear You Amy Burchall Nominated – 2001 Nokia New Zealand Film Awards: Best Juvenile Performer
2003 Terror Peak
2004 In My Father's Den Celia Steimer 2005 New Zealand Screen Awards: Best Actress
2005 British Independent Film Awards: Most Promising Newcomer
2004 Deceit Katie McCarthy
2005 Cockle Jane
2006 Suburban Mayhem Katrina 2006 Australian Film Institute Awards: Best Lead Actress
2006 Inside Film Awards: Best Actress[11]
2009 Piece of My Heart Flora 2009 Qantas Film and Television Awards: Best Performance by an Actress – General Television
2009 Prime Mover Melissa
2010 Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole Gylfie Voice only
Lou Rhia
2011 Love Birds Brenda
2011 Weekender Claire
2016 The Light Between Oceans Gwen Potts
2017 Spank Bank Tracy Filming


Year Title Role Notes and awards
2009 Gethsemane Suzette
2010 That Face Mia
2011 The Seagull Masha Nominated – 2012 Sydney Theatre Award: Best Actress in a Supporting Role of a Mainstage Production
The Importance of Being Earnest Cecily
2012 This Is Our Youth Jessica
Strange Interlude Nina
Three Sisters Natasha
2013 Hamlet Ophelia


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